HTC One X review

New flagship brings quad core power - but is that enough to boost the brand?

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Internet browsing on HTC handsets has always been a pretty pleasurable experience, and that's still the case on the HTC One X, especially with that whopping great screen to play around with. HTC has also upgraded the Android browser (thanks to the updates on offer from Ice Cream Sandwich) and the result is a mobile internet experience that packs a lot of desktop punch.

However, the first thing you'll notice is the rendering speed of the One X internet browser isn't particularly stellar. In our tests, we found that the overall loading speed of most websites was around a couple seconds quicker than usual, which is what you'd expect with the Tegra 3 processor running things. But in terms of the time it took to actually see the words on the page of the site we were navigating to, it wasn't as quick an experience.

HTC One XIn fact, while the early loading speeds were fine, over both 3G and Wi-Fi connections, we were a bit disappointed by the speed with which we could jump between sites on the One X.

It's not terrible - far from it - but we were hoping that the quad core processor would offer some blisteringly fast speeds.

Let's not get too down about that though, as there's plenty more to get excited about here. For instance, the web pages look simply beautiful on the large 4.7 inch HD screen of the One X, with text legible even at full zoom.

Pictures look particularly dazzling as well, with the high-res nature of the web browser allowing you to get a decent overview of the page with a swift glance.

HTC Sense 4.1 has brought a slight change to the browsing experience, moving the "Forward" and "Back" icons to the menu key, and offering up a "Tabs" icon to allow easier switching between sites.

This means the annoying "touch the screen a bit until the URL bar reappears" has gone, and while you have to go all the way to the top of the web page to start navigating, it's at least consistent.

Once you get into reading an article on a site, the HTC One X comes into its own - as many HTC phones have done over the years.

For instance, there's the excellent text re-flow system that still leaves all other Android phones in its dust - double tap on any section of text and it will re-jig itself to fit the screen.

You might say any phone these days does that, and you'd be right; but the HTC One X can take things one step further.

HTC One X review

Pinch to zoom in even further, and the text will still reformat itself to fit on the screen, no matter how big the letters get, which means unlike the iPhone 4S, you can choose how big your reading experience is.

Speaking of Apple, HTC has stolen the "Reader" feature from Safari - simply tap this icon at the top of any web article and it will jump into a new window with only the text and the minimum amount of pictures for company, making it easier to digest.

There's sadly no option to take this offline at the moment, but we hope that will get added in at some point.

Flash is still supported on the HTC One X's web browser, although we don't think it's going to be available on other phones too far in the future as Adobe seems to have given up on the system somewhat. However, there's an easy toggle in the Settings that allows you to turn Flash video on and off, meaning you can speed up the web experience quite dramatically.

HTC One X review

The Settings section has been given something of an overhaul too, with the excellent addition of "Desktop mode" allowing you to bypass the annoying mobile sites if you so wish (and with this larger screen, we reckon you will frequently).

Some things have stayed the same thankfully - namely the bookmarks lists that makes it so easy to keep track of the sites you browse to the most frequently. Not only are your bookmarks clearly presented as thumbnails of the web page itself, but you're also offered a "Most Visited" pane that lets you pick the sites the browser has noticed you trot along to frequently.

You can also save websites to view later - while this is a feature that's been around for a while, you can perform the same trick with web video now too. Sadly, still no support for offline reading, which is a bit sad, as that's something the HTC's of yesteryear used to love to offer.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA
SAR Value0.68 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne X
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density312 ppi
Height134.4 mm
Width69.9 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne X
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Product LineOne X
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, G-sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number99HRL001-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Camera Never miss a shot. A speedy one second start-up, rapid-fire continuous shooting, simultaneous 1080HD video and imaging, and an 8MP camera. And with HTC ImageChip get great shots regardless of lighting and movement.

Sound The HTC One series all come with Beats Audio™ so everything you hear on your phone-from music and videos to games and YouTube-is rich and authentic.

Design The 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen is both durable and scratch-resistant. And the minimalist design includes curved glass, a piano gloss sidewall, and an iconic camera ring on the back.

Limited Warranty1 Year